Taiwanese startup Gogolook, owner of caller ID app Whoscall, raises $11.7m in funding

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Taiwan’s Gogolook, developer of caller identification app Whoscall, has announced an $11.7-million funding round from unnamed investors.

The company said it will use the proceeds to develop its technology to deliver an improved user experience and to expand its presence in overseas markets.

Formally launched in 2012, Gogolook started out three years earlier as a project by three friends, including founders Jeff Kuo, Jackie Cheng and Reiny Song.

Gogolook was acquired by Korean web giant NAVER, the owner of LINE messaging app, in late 2013 for about $17.6 million, eight months after the startup was founded. It had earlier raised $500,000 in angel funding, with previous backers including Trinity VC.

Whoscall, Gogolook’s most widely recognized app, claims to have a global database of over 700 million numbers. Since its founding in Taiwan, it has expanded into South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, and Brazil, amongst others. Apart from identifying unwanted calls, Whoscall also provides detailed information on stores and restaurants, assisting millions of business owners to connect with mobile users.

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In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

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  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
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